This weekend the Good Food & Wine Show reached Perth. Although we are never graced with quite as many stalls or celebrities as the other cities, it was still very much worth the ticket price.
The highlight of the day for me was getting picked to go on stage with Maggie Beer for her cooking demonstration. Maggie is an Australian cooking icon and I couldn’t believe it when she picked me out of the huge crowd. (Neither could my husband – I think he panicked slightly when I threw my camera at him!) Once on stage I helped to finish off the creation of a dessert dish, and in return was given a wonderful wooden gift box full of Maggie’s products. I managed to catch up with Maggie at her stall a little while later to get a nicer photo – see the gallery below 🙂
Other delicious moments of the day included a whole section of cheese stalls – who knew that you could get a cheese which tastes like Christmas cake? It is part of a range that comes all the way from the UK – I was too scared to ask how much they were charging for it but luckily the tastings were free.
We worked our way through the stalls – meats, chocolate, fudge, sauces, olives, chilli salt, coffee, cider, as well as plenty of cookware.
There were lots of wines to try from local wineries, (such as Windy Creek, our favourite from the Swan Valley), as well as from South Australia’s Barossa, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra regions. My husband found a wine he particularly liked – a snip at around $70 per bottle…
Because we had splurged on the ‘platinum’ ticket, we had access to the VIP room – it was very nice to have somewhere comfortable to sit and also to enjoy the free drinks. That’s where I managed to snap a photo with Luke Nguyen.
Now we just have to wait a year for the next show.